Eight years after a massive fire at its headquarters and barracks, Canada’s oldest French-Canadian regiment – The Voltigeurs – has found a way to celebrate its rich history. On April 4, 2008, the Voltigeurs’ iconic drill hall, the Québec City Armoury, was badly damaged. The back wall and several turrets beside the front door were the only pieces of the then-123-year-old structure to survive; however, most of the artifacts housed in the armoury’s museum were saved thanks to the efforts of the regiment members and local firefighters. “I was back in Québec from Afghanistan; I was on a break,” Lt.-Col. Jonathan Chouinard told CBC News in October. “But like every Voltigeur, we all went to see what was going on. We have always been in that building. That’s why it struck us.” The armoury’s suspended wood ceiling, which was the largest of its kind in Canada, collapsed during the fire. Investigators said the flames spread rapidly through the ceiling’s wood before sending tonnes of copper to the ground. Continue reading →
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There is an old adage in coin collecting “buy the book before you buy the coin.” On the surface, it states that knowledge is important. The word book is there simply because at one time that was where coin knowledge usually resided. It seems hard to refute that statement, but it can also be a challenge to focus on getting information when you really want to build your collection. The importance of detailed information seems less relevant today when most coins worth more than a modest amount have been placed in a holder that gives you a description of the coin and the grade. It didn’t really make complete sense to me until connected with another rule of thumb, that two factors influencing the price of a coin in any given transaction are motivation and knowledge.
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